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So how smart are you? said a man's voice abruptly And loudly Because now it's startingA creepy phone call An old yellowed postcard A bizarre magazine story And a strange group of funeral goers who seem to follow their every move all contain clues that will send Jason and Dia on an adventure to uncover extraordinary family secrets Award winning author Tony Abbott weaves an intriguing and entertaining mystery of adventure friendship and family

10 thoughts on “The Postcard

  1. says:

    I picked this book up at a 70% off pile at a bookstore Hadn't heard of it before and wasn't sure what to expectThe story revolves around a teenager from Boston named Jason His Grandmother in Florida has just died and his Mom packs Jason up to go help his Dad with the funeral and cleaning up Grandma's house for sale Jason isn't very happy about this at all Florida is hot in the summer Strike number one He never really knew his Grandma in fact she was a little crazy Strike number two And he's afraid his Mom is doing this as a sign the family is breaking up and he'll be stuck in Florida with his Dad Strike number three But in the process of cleaning up Grandma's house Jason stumbles across a magazine story and a postcard that set him on a scavenger hunt all over St Petersburg area trying to figure out his Grandma's story How did she end up in a wheel chair all her life? Who was the cast of crazy characters at her funeral? Who was his Grandpa even Jason's Dad doesn't know that answer? He uncovers a story of big money in old Florida an overprotective father and a reporter so in love that kidnappings war and danger can't keep him from his girlThe mystery part of this story was well paced and timed in the revealings that I stayed up to finish the story It kept me guessing for the most part and I really wanted to find out Jason's Grandparents' full story The process Jason goes through to figure it out however is one of those if you're a kid you think it's cool all the stuff he gets away with if you're an adult it is kind of scary to think of a teen doing all that and skeptical that they'd get away with it like breaking into hotels set for demolition going into off limit parts of historic sites and tourist attractionsand lying to the police And it all works out well There are no ramifications for all the trespassingDia Jason's partner in crimedetection was another part of the story I did't buy; she went from not talking to him to practically best friend in such a short period of time I also felt like Abbott struggled to give the reporter's stories a different voice from Jason It didn't feel like he was reading something from the past really and that bothered me a little bit Abbott should have watched black and white mystery movies or something before writing thoseSo even though I thought the mystery was done well I didn't really think the book was great on the wholeNotes on content No swearing Sexual content is alluded to saying that Jason's Grandma and Grandpa ran away together for a few days didn't get married and during that time she became pregnant No details are given beyond that The reporter in the stories gets beat up a couple times and shot at but no other violence Jason's dad drinks too much and Jason tries to excuse it by saying his Mom just died In the end there are repercussions for the drinking

  2. says:

    The book The Post card has 358 pagesI can relate to the character because Jason is a kid who went somewhere he did not want to go with someoneThis book reminds me of saving Zasha because it's a suspensful bookI gave it five stars because It had a good ending and a lot of twists in the middleThe ending was one of the best ending of a book I have ever read because It is a peaceful and happy ending

  3. says:

    Such a great story and story within a story I highly recommend this book to everyone all ages and interests

  4. says:

    I opened this book with good expectations The guy who wrote Firegirl had to do a good job and it was guaranteed to not be shudder chick lit I was so right We begin with a young boy named Jason who is going to Florida in July with his father to help close up his now dead Grandmother's house There's some parental strain running a backbeat through his thinking Then he finds the titular postcard and an old pulp magazine and a mystery ensues I don't know how to go on without spoilers though the girl living across the street Dia becomes involved in the runaround The mystery is very engaging partly because Tony Abbott uses pulp magazine stories which I love Also it makes my hands sweat even now as I write this review It Was Incredible Jason is thoroughly human and thoroughly believable He does decide to keep a large secret from his parents but it isn't an instinctive decision We see him come to the conclusion and agree with him His constant self doubts about it don't hurt either Dia could easily have become another Spunky Girl but she stays away from that by being I'd like to say borderline manic but that isn't uite it She's like Henrietta in 100 Cupboards; adventurous than the protagonist himself and therefore he thinks she's possibly insane I may not have mentioned this before but I love old folks in stories They don't get into love triangles they've lived long enough to have perspective over those high school bullies and it's a lot cooler when they get into action seuences This book being set in a retirement town in Florida does not disappoint I just love it when during the climax all the minor characters reveal they had roles in the plot or are police or things like that and it happens again If you like mystery stories a good romantic subplot though it involves an extramarital affair old pulp magazine stories and a kid protagonist who isn't whiny or bland you will like The Postcard

  5. says:

    This book is the story of Jason a young boy of about 13 who travels to Florida to help his father close up his grandmother's house after she passes away The father is teetering on alcoholism and Jason's parents are on the verge of divorce Pretty grim stuff I know But don't let this setting and back story dissuade you because the story is just getting going and ends up being a really satisfying and enjoyable tale returnJason's father gets injured which conveniently leaves Jason alone No sooner does he get back to the house than he finds a mysterious postcard and an apparent reference to his long lost grand father in a story in an old pulp mystery magazine The story is written in a tongue in cheek Raymond Chandler style and it is interesting to watch the author switch back and forth between the two different literary styles throughout the book The story is of a true love that thrives across the decades in the face of adversity including fiendish villains from the Order of Oobarab returnJason begins to follow the clues with assistance of Dia a neighbor girl Soon the young pair find themselves running all over St Petersburg and Sarasota landmarks all the while being shadowed by mysterious characters; the same mysterious characters that populate the chapters of the pulp mystery story that is written by someone who just may be Jason's long lost grandfather returnThe climax of the book is set on the grounds of the Ca D'Zan mansion in Sarasota In college I used to go sneak on to those grounds to go running so I really enjoyed the scene where Jason and Dia sneak on to the Ca D'Zan grounds I read this story to my boys aged 9 and 10 and they LOVED it I highly recommend it

  6. says:

    I ended up liking this book much than I thought I would In fact I loved it What a great mystery within a mystery this was I loved all the hidden clues on postcards that the two smart highly adventurous and resourceful kids figured out how to decipher and follow The clues lead to them to landmarks all over the Tampa St Petersburg FL area What started with a postcard found in a desk in the house of Jason's grandmother who had just passed away became a very real story as clues were uncovered that not only kept the mystery alive but also filled in parts of Jason's family history that had always been missing Who was Jason's grandfather? Was he the one who wrote all chapters of the story they kept finding at each new location? Was the love story in the chapters really his grandmother's story? I got so caught up in not only the mystery of Jason's grandmother's past but also in wanting to badly find out how the story ended How long did her father keep her locked away from the outside world? Did she finally ever get together with the man who never stopped loving her and spent years waiting to be with her? Who was he? Was he the man who wrote the stories that Jason and his friend Dia kept finding in all the locations? Is he Jason's grandfather? I couldn't turn the pages fast enough as Jason and Dia raced from the old De Soto Hotel to the Sunken Gardens then to the house Jason's grandmother grew up in and finally on to the Ringling mansion in Sarasota At each location found by figuring out a clue on a postcard at the previous location they were lead to pages of the story and filling in the blanks What a wild ride this was Definitely a book I will recommend to kids who love a good mystery

  7. says:

    The Postcard is not exactly what I expected The story is well written but really seems like it should have been written with a adult protagonist Much of the story contained references to literature and history that someone of this age wouldn't know much less use The story however is very good containing a larger message about lifeWhen Jason's grandmother dies he discovers almost accidentally that his parents are on the verge of splitting up He goes to Florida to be with his father as they get his grandmother's house ready to sell Jason is angry and frustrated by his trip to Florida ruining his plans for summer vacation but when he finds a postcard in his grandmother's house the real adventure begins His grandmother's funeral is populated by strange looking people that Jason doesn't know but they start to seem familiar when the clues on the postcard lead Jason to the beginning pages of a mystery that seems to include his grandmother and all of these strange people Jason meets a girl about his age named Dia who calls him every name but his own and she helps him track down clues and find of the story Soon Jason and Dia find themselves in danger from the very people who seemed to be his grandmother's friends Both the mystery of his grandmother and the mystery of the story run throughout the bookThe Postcard is a very poignant story about the way we spend our lives and what we are left with at the end of it Overall a very interesting story with lots of twists and turns especially at the end when Jason discovers who has really been chasing him and why

  8. says:

    Thirteen year old Jason is in Florida helping his father clean out his grandmother's house following her death Jason never knew his grandmother and is only recently learning about her from his dad When he finds a story in a 1940s era magazine some of the details are eerily similar to things he has just heard about his grandmother The story tells of love at first sight for Marnie and Nick but Marnie's powerful father keeps them apart Could the rich beautiful Marnie in the story really be Jason's grandmother? And who is Nick? The story ends abruptly and the author's death notice appears in the next issue of the magazine A mysterious phone call sends Jason in search of chapters as it directs him to his grandmother's desk and an old yellowed postcard containing clues to the location of the next chapter Marnie and Nick's story unfolds as Jason follows clues and finds the succeeding chapters The hunt helps Jason avoid facing the fact that his parents' marriage is crumbling and his father's drinking could be part of the problem This book succeeds on many levels Fans of romance and adventure will enjoy Nick and Marnie's story with its uirky characters Jason's take on his unexpected summer adventure will engage readers who enjoy realistic fiction especially his budding friendship with a neighborhood girl who joins him in tracking down the chapters of his grandmothers life

  9. says:

    Man does this take me back In fifth grade we had to choose a book make a puzzle poster about it and optional make a cake based off the book I did the construction site of the hotel It was my first time baking Alright now the reviewI'm not much for spoilers so I'll just go over my overall thoughts of the book It's a nice read for the older aged kids late elementary school it was easy to understand as a 10 year old I'm sure if I were to read it now I would've uestioned it and looked into the deeper meaning but that's the thing as a kid you don't uestion it It's uite random at times and has uestionable circumstances but it's amusing and interesting until the very end It'll keep them engaged and thinking at a higher level than they're used to so it's a good stretch It's also a good way to introduce children to the idea of novels and how they aren't always straight forwardThe reason why I gave it a four star rather than a five star is because I don't think it's as enjoyable when you're in middle or high school maybe even older meaning I wouldn't pick this up again now with a developed mind and reading skills For kids approaching the teenager level it's a good medium difficulty read and they can learn to read between the lines and think hardly about books because they now know things won't always go the way the are typically expected toThank you for reading I hope this helps

  10. says:

    This book is for 8 12 year olds and I found it to have a uniue story Jason Huff is sent off to Florida after his grandmother's death to assist his father in packing up her belongings His grandmother Agnes Monroe Huff was the daughter of a wealthy man who owned a hotel among other holdings Jason receives a strange phone call that leads him to the discovery of a postcard among his grandmother's things The postcard shows the Hotel DeSoto the hotel owned by Jason's great grandfather He also finds a magazine Bizarre Mysteries with a story that seems to be about his grandmother At the funeral Jason notices many strange characters As Jason follows the clues left to him and is joined by Dia a young friend of his grandmother he finds himself and interested in his grandmother and her lifeJason is an interesting boy respectful of adults yet not a goody goody The story developed in interesting ways and was theatrical in plotI've left this book with my eight year old niece to read